For months, the chess world has awaited Magnus Carlsen’s cameo on the Simpsons.
While I’m a fan of classical time controls for producing the highest level chess games, I have to admit watching rapid games can be more entertaining (“Did Carlsen just blunder his queen?!”) as well as lot easier on a busy schedule.
Days ago, Wesley So broke into the World Top 3 for the first time. Now, his undefeated streak has passed 50 games.
Although becoming a national champion is a monumental achievement, there is much more to gain than the prizes. Less than 1% of the over 1500 players can take home 1st place trophies. For most, what really counts is the experience.
This month, Wesley So won the London Classic, the overall Grand Chess Tour, and became one of the few people to cross the 2800 FIDE rating mark. In addition, Hikaru Nakamura and Fabiano Caruana won 2nd and 3rd in the tour, making 2016 a fantastic year for American chess.
Can you solve tactics from some of the best games in the tournament?
Catch the highlights and lessons so far from inside and outside the tournament hall.
At National Championships with such vast and diverse fields, it is very difficult to stay on a perfect score, even as a top seed in the early rounds. Expectations are high, and ambitious lower rated players are plentiful.
Nationals. A rite of passage for every young American chessplayer. Rows of trophies that are often taller than the kids who win them line the stage. Dreams of victory gleam in the eyes of every competitor—from the top seed to the greatest underdog.
While my Sinquefield Cup preview from earlier this year describes the achievements and chances of many of the London Classic competitors, there have been a…
Ju Wenjun won the final leg of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix, earning enough GP points to become the 2017 Women’s World Championship Challenger.
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